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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffsimon c Date: Jun 24, 2004 8:06am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: why are there so many different movie formats??

Yep, this subject worries me, too. We've done the first step, which is to actually archive the movies, but I'm sure some of the more exotic DivX variants may be difficult to play in a few years.

The (theoretical) plan is to make derivations into standard forms that we can then keep deriving from - we may have a handle on a Linux video expert who may have time to help us with our Perl/Linux deriver and this mess of formats, but other help is always welcome.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffakb Date: Jun 30, 2004 9:13am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: why are there so many different movie formats??

Did you figure out the perl/linux deriver? I came across a script (mencvcd) today that integrates mplayer with mjpegtools in order to produce vcds, it could very easily be modified to produce mpeg2 files from any source that mplayer plays (virtually anything). From there your existing scripts could convert to mpeg4 and whatever else you might want.

The hard part is figuring out the correct frame size when you upconvert but that should be doable.

I said I'd help with this a while back and got distracted by the war, I feel kinda bad.

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